This So-Called Post-Post-Racial Life

April 9, 2009

Mind-Crush?…Brain-Throb?…Intellectual Infatuation?…

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — pprscribe @ 12:50 pm

Elsewhere I have been asking for help with a word or term that may not be in existence yet:

It would be meant to describe a type of crush, except not of the romantic variety. This would be a crush you have on someone’s ideas…the way their mind works…and possibly the way they communicate this.

The word should have no sexual undertones–perhaps the object of this kind of crush is not even physically attractive to you. Perhaps you have never even seen a picture of the person to know what she or he looks like. I have heard “man-crush” and “girl crush.” To some extent these apply since the crushee and crusher (?) could both be any gender and sexual orientation. But these two terms, to me, still do not capture the deeply intellectual nature of the liking….

My lone commenter came up with “infatuation” and I added “intellectual” to this. But I am still looking for other terms.

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"Obama 2008 Presidential Campaign." Barack Obama,

Deesha, guest blogging as The Bitch in Black on Bitch magazine online has started a conversation relevant to my query.

She thinks President Obama is “smokin’ hot” but has been hesitant to say it out loud because to do so seems

(a) unseemly and disrespectful,

(b) anti-feminist and objecetifying and hypocritical,

(c) racially stereotyping,

(d) some combination of the above.

I think part of the problem with talking about President Obama’s “sexiness” (and, indeed, Michelle Obama’s as well) has to do with the multi-level nature of the attraction some people have for him. There is the physical thing, and the power thing, and the swagger or coolness thing, and yes even the Black male sexual objectification thing.

But there is also that intelligence and communication thing that I am trying to get at with my word-search.

But I am, so far, dissatisfied with the options I have come up with for a word or term that would capture this. Ideally, I would like a term to describe the phenomenon of having this kind of crush, and perhaps also a verb to describe the state of being-in-______ with such an intellectually attractive person, and perhaps a term to describe the person him- or herself.

Please. I am desperate. Any ideas?



  1. Love this idea. I’m going to start thinking and I’ll let you know when I come up with something…

    Comment by Claudia — April 9, 2009 @ 10:44 pm

  2. See, you have a brotha thinking over here. Since “I” wouldn’t put a word on him that has sexual overtones I think I can safely say he’s an intoxicant …or he is intoxicating. Both speak to the affects/effects on the mind.

    Now, a younger generation might say he’s Sillycool. I don’t know how that fits the intellectual angle but he’s way past cool.

    The street side of me says he is a fast walker, slick talker. Of course we can’t use that one.

    How about something with an “ish” on the end of it?

    I am also thinking about something old school. Brain-flame? …Deep-drink?

    Dang, PPRscripe, why did I read this post. I’ll never be able to go to sleep.

    Comment by CareyCarey — April 10, 2009 @ 1:20 am

  3. Thanks, Claudia! And LOL @ CareyCarey. I’m kinda feeling “brain flame”… Keep up the effort, both of you. We’ll solve this riddle yet!

    Comment by pprscribe — April 10, 2009 @ 10:09 am

  4. I was going to go with Frontal Lobe Love but then the light bulb went on: how about Paideia-licious?

    From the Greek word “Paideia” meaning: “the process of educating humans into their true form, the real and genuine human nature” or a kind of education that goes beyond institutional learning to a cultivation of the soul.

    And in keeping with CareyCarey’s “ish” recommendation, I added the “licious” – LOL.

    I won’t be mad if you hate it, but thanks for giving me such a creative assignment!

    Comment by Claudia — April 10, 2009 @ 7:57 pm

  5. I absolutely love Paideialicious, Claudia! It helps that it takes some intelligence to come up with it. Thanks!

    OK. So now to finish my post now that I have a word to use…

    Comment by pprscribe — April 12, 2009 @ 11:37 am

  6. Awesome! I’m going to figure out a way to work it into a post as well…

    Comment by Claudia — April 13, 2009 @ 8:00 am

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